Child Behavior Specialist
Tina Stephenson joined ChildUp in July 2006 and is active in the areas of research, program design, workshop facilitation and parent consultation. She is Department Head of Workshop Design & Facilitation and greatly enjoys supporting parents & educators by helping them to better understand childrens’ behavior and learning.
Tina has been working with children and families in Canada, Hong Kong, China, India, and South Africa for more than fifteen years. During her career, Tina has designed and facilitated award-winning programs for York University, the Canadian Bureau for International Education and the YMCA. In 2002, she moved to China as an examiner for the British Council. Later she served as Principal of the Busy Bees Kindergarten at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Since 2004, Tina has been a monthly columnist and regular feature contributor for The Parents’ Journal (Hong Kong’s leading bilingual parenting magazine). She has also been featured on both television and radio, as well as regularly contributes articles and advice for other popular publications.
Through Tina’s years of professional experience, she has helped families experiencing a wide range of issues -- from everyday parenting problems to working with children with severe mental illness or attachment and behavior-related disorders. Tina understands the complexity of day-to-day parenting and the need for pragmatic and practical behavior solutions. She has also worked for child welfare, community health and school administration, advising families on parenting and education issues from managing temper tantrums, effective discipline management and maximizing child learning.
Tina holds a BA (honors) with a double major in Political Science and Women Studies from York University and a Child Behavior Management Specialist certificate from the University of Toronto. She is currently completing an MA in Mathematics Education from the University of Ottawa and is a certified teacher with the Ontario College of Teachers in Canada.